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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

easyTree Re:Come see a large bank being cheap (50 comments)

Everybody tell us their best ideas on how we should do our jobs and one of you might win $5000 whilst we save millions. Yay \o/

Awesome. I'm surprised they didn't post a question on Slashdot!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

easyTree Re:maybe (353 comments)

The GP; duh.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

easyTree Re:maybe (353 comments)

Doesn't really matter though, you can't charge somebody for bandwidth used to move data, only the bandwidth the end user used. Imagine if you went to buy milk and bought a gallon but were charged for 1.25 gallons because of spillage in the bottling plant. Not legal. Not even a little. You have to work that cost into what you charge for a gallon, and then charge for the gallon the end user buys.

I had a similar experience in Paris; upon arrival of an ordered taxi, the driver explained that she was going to charge twenty Euros for the drive from her previous drop-off location to our pick-up point in addition to any charge for *our* journey. Is this a one-off or systemic? In the UK, your milk-pricing model is in force for taxis.

5 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

easyTree Re:Land of insanity (421 comments)

I'm not clear that members of the CIA consider themselves patriots so I'm going with 'nope' on that.

about two weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

easyTree Re:Land of insanity (421 comments)

You might want to watch the video for yourself.

I'm particularly fond of the way they fabricate a justification to kill complete strangers who at worst would be guilty of defending their country from an invading force.

about two weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

easyTree Re:Land of insanity (421 comments)

Putting aside that these people are retards for thinking he's serious and that they massively overreacted... if you recall, your whole culture (certainly, appears to) celebrate guns, killing etc (certainly movies/tv, film, youth culture). Your armed forces have been at war overseas for hundreds of years. Relatively recently there was video of two good old boys laughing it up whilst shooting news cameramen from an attach helicopter with a 50mm gun. Your own police are now paramilitary organizations quite happy to use armed troop carriers, rubber bullets, tear gas, etc... on civilians.

So, doesn't it seem pretty much like the horse has not only bolted but has evolved into an entirely new life-form and is on a beach somewhere drinking Piña coladas? Hint: yep, it does.

For moderation purposes, troll != you-have-inconveniently-reminded-me-that-I-live-in-a-police-state.

about two weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

easyTree Uhh (171 comments)

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

So that they know who to send the "we realize you're not getting decent healthcare but come to China and have that rectified asap" letters?

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

easyTree Galaxy S4 (215 comments)

As a Galaxy S4 owner (yep, owned not leased on contract) I'm forced to have part of my phone taken over by HP's "Print Service Plugin" which may not be removed - this despite not owning (nor intending to) any HP devices.

Given this single data point, one can only speculate at the severity of crap-ware storm which rages when one willingly opts in to the HP universe.

*sigh* if only rants could fix problems.

about two weeks ago
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US City Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

easyTree Is this to be... (1 comments)

...swiftly followed by one outlawing remotely murdering people using drones?

about two weeks ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

easyTree Re: Women should earn more than men. (98 comments)

"Your ancestors treated them like shit" is a good excuse if those ancestors are still alive. If the ancestors paid no compensation then who does?

At the same time, the idea that persons A are made to suffer as recompense for their ancestors' actions, over which they had (literally) zero control so that persons B may benefit seems harsh.

Although, I guess suffering is relative when persons A have benefited greatly from the compound interest on the value of stolen land over the last few hundred years.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

easyTree 302 (249 comments)

A 302 to play.google,com? :P

about three weeks ago
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US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules

easyTree Re:Quickly now, tell us about the breach. (19 comments)

One would assume that this would be basic common sense.

Tune in tomorrow when we'll bring the results of the multi-billion dollar, decades-long study on how best to drink a glass of water.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

easyTree Re:Overages and legal liability (110 comments)

When someone uses your connection excessively in the opinion of your ISP, watch "an choice" become "an bill". Or when someone uses your connection for copyright infringement or child pornography, watch "an choice" become "an lawsuit" or "an criminal charge".

When someone does the same over your secured connection, either because you shared your password with the wrong friends, someone guessed your password, or you got hacked, good luck explaining to a jury that it's possible for others to use your secured connection.

Nooooo. He has a one-to-one identity-relation with his IP address; the music industry told me.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

easyTree Re:Open WiFi (110 comments)

All it does is say you have something to hide

It's a sign of the times that this is considered wrong / bad / anti-NSAmerikkkan.

Unwash ur brain.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

easyTree Re:Sorry, had to be asked (110 comments)

I can haz internetz?

I can haz lotz EM radiation thru ma hed.

about three weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

easyTree AR-15 (219 comments)

Ideal for home defence.

about three weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

easyTree Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

Indeed - one use of IQ tests - demoralize a section of society in to accepting whatever BS no-one else will accept.

about a month ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

easyTree Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

Simply give any potential employees the option of a marshmallow now or waiting a period of time to receive two marshmallows. At the very least we should use this procedure to test our police force for poor impulse control.

I'd propose option (c), no marshmallows - at all; I really dislike marshmallows.

about a month ago

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Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ?

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 5 months ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.

Thanks."

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Cardiff City Council sets new low

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 4 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

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a day out with the police

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( http://easytreeblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-out-with-police.html ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly..."

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Ordinary people are second-class citizens

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree writes "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."


Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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